A walk full of spectacular scenery and geological and industrial archaeology interest. Includes one descent of steep limestone steps ansd a very muddy farmyard. May be easier anti-clockwise but that does not give the great initial view of Lathkill from Cales Dale.
Easy walk across fields to Cales Dale, with great view of Lathkill Dale, then tricky descent down limestone steps to valley floor. Across bridge into main Lathkill Valley. Eastwards along beautiful valley. Lots of interest on the way. Visit Bateman's house and Mandale Mine. Cross river below Over Haddon and return via Meadow Place Grange.
Great walk provided that you are comfortable with steep steps and muddy farmyards!
Safety informationSteep steps down into Cales Dale.
Tips, hints and linksIf you don't want to chance the steps and muddy farmyard, you can see much of this lovely part of Lathkill by descending from Over Haddon and approaching westwards. You can also avoid the farm slurry by walking further along Lathkill Dale to Conksbuy Bridge and then returning WSW up Back Lane.
Getting thereYou can approach from Youlgreave via Moor Lane but this is very narrow. It is slightly longer but easier to leave Youlgreave from the church northwards via Conksbury Lane. Continue until you reach a T-junction and turn left up Back Lane. You can either park in the layby at 192644 (where Moor Lane joins at an acute angle on the left) or turn sharp left down Moor Lane. The main car park is immediately on your right.
ParkingMoor Lane Car Park, Moor Lane, Youlgreave, DE45 1LU (OS SK 194644) (w3w: ////funded.custodial.poodle) or layby on Back Lane (192644)
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